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Altai floods wash away allowing residents to return home, reports Emergencies Ministry

April 19, 2018, 10:31 UTC+3 BARNAUL

The number of flooded residential yards in the Volgograd Region has reduced almost twice

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BARNAUL, April 19. /TASS/. Floodwaters have subsided from all abodes in the Altai Region, with just 15 residential yards still remaining flooded, the press service of the Emergencies Ministry’s regional department told TASS on Thursday.

"Fifteen residential yards remain flooded in the Bayevsky district - where there have never been any floods before - and there are no flooded homes left in the region. We hope that a state of emergency will be lifted by the end of the week, but we will be preparing for a second flood wave. Still, the weather is favorable for floods - a fall in temperature, but up to plus 13-15 degrees forecasted for the weekend. All the snow has melted in the region, and so the rivers have swollen," the press service reported.

One house and 99 land plots were flooded in the region yesterday. The ebb in the flooding was brought about by a drop in temperature and sub-zero overnight temperatures that will last until the end of the week and will start rising on the weekend. Preparations for a second flood wave are underway - according to Barnaul’s administration, the water in the Ob River will reach its highest level in mid-May. The community of Zaton may be inundated as waters are expected to rise up to six meters there.

Alexander Karlin, Altai Regional governor, earlier said that the state of emergency introduced in the wake of the first flood wave in the Altai Region would be lifted before the end of the week. Corresponding regional agencies were ordered to activate all social facilities, first and foremost, transport infrastructure. The state of roads is being examined and documents on their repair and reconstruction are being put together. Fifty-six bridges were damaged in the region. A total of 217 communities and more than 21,200 people were affected by the flood in 2018.

Situation in the Volgograd Region

The number of flooded residential yards in the Volgograd Region has nearly halved - from 130 to 70 - over the past day. Four communities are still in the flood-stricken areas, the press service of the Emergencies Ministry’s regional department reported on Thursday.

"Communities in three municipal entities - the Ilovlinsky, Alexeyevsky and Rudnyansky districts - remain flooded at 08:00 Moscow time, April 19. Four communities and 70 residential yards remain partially inundated in these districts," the press service said.
According to the PR service, emergency clean-up crews in the region consist of 345 people and 102 pieces of equipment. These crews are pumping water out of yards, cleaning curtilages, setting up drainage ditches and collecting garbage.

Eighty-one communities in the Volgograd Region in total have hit by flooding since April 1. Floodwaters submerged 1,100 homes in which about 5,000 people live. A state of emergency has been in effect in the region since April 4.
More than 800 families have received material help for damaged property. Its maximum amount is 50,000 rubles ($812).

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